Is there anything worse than having your home invaded by a rat? It feels as though your privacy, security, and safety have all been compromised the moment that you first lay eyes on the nasty rodent.
We know what you’re thinking- I want to get that rat out ASAP, by any means necessary! That’s a perfectly normal reaction. In fact, with a little baking soda, boric acid, plaster of paris, or other household items, you could whip up homemade rat poison in a matter of minutes. Desperate times call for desperate measures, right? Wrong!
Before you start concocting your own lethal homemade rat poison, read up on the serious dangers you could introduce to your family and pets living in your home. We’ve also compiled a list of highly effective alternative ways to kill rats without poison.
Know the risks, and learn what great alternatives there are to using rat poison.
What’s At Stake
Whether you have a dog, cat, bird, or other lovable pet, we can all agree- animals are part of the family too. Their health and safety is a top priority. Rodenticides are meant for rodents, but they are not only poisonous to rodents. They are deadly for any unlucky, unwitting animal that falls for the bait and eats them.
Why? Well, the bait used to get rats to ingest the poison is often attractive, and accessible to pets. Does your dog love peanut butter? So do rats! Peanut butter is often an ingredient in both homemade and commercial-grade rat poison. Rat poison has to be placed on the floor and then left unattended, giving the rat a chance to take the bait. But what if your pet finds it first? More than 100 pet deaths from exposure to rodenticides are reported every year, says the US EPA.
The ingredients in different rodenticides vary, but newer “second-generation” rodenticides are especially strong and very lethal. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the chemicals in rodenticides are on the top-ten list of toxins responsible for pet poisonings.
You may think that with careful supervision and other precautions you can keep the baited poison out of your pets reach. Animals are smart and persistent. The misnomer that your pet will not be able to find or chew through a secure bait station is a dangerous one, and the ASPCA estimates that thousands of pets are poisoned every year as a result.
Does your cat ever turn up with a dead mouse or rat in two? Another potential risk involved with rodenticides is secondary poisoning. Basically, if your dog or cat discovers a dead poisoned rat and chews, or picks it up in their mouth, they can suffer secondary poisoning. Yet another unintended consequence and danger of using poison in your home.
Good news! Killing the rat doesn’t have to be bad for the environment or dangerous to your family and pets. You have plenty of other effective and safe options.
The very first step to successfully eliminating rats from your property is correctly identifying how and where they got in to begin with. You can set all the traps in the world, but if you don’t get to the root of the problem, then you will just have to keep killing one rat after another.
Start by carefully inspecting the complete exterior of your house and find out how the rats are getting inside. What are you looking for? Inspect for any holes, cracks, vents- anything ½ inch wide or bigger- and seal these areas shut. Until every possible entry point is securely sealed no other step will matter. How can I be sure it’s secure? The most effective method is to seal nooks shut with steel. Contact your local rat control experts for a free consultation and expert sealing repairs.
Got your home exterior sealed uptight? Now you’re ready to trap and kill your rat! There are several types of rat traps to choose from. Here’s a list of the top traps and how they work. Check out the details to decide which one might be right for your needs. If the first doesn’t work, don’t be deterred. Try another! Rats are smart and can spot some traps. It may take a little trial and error, but follow our guide and you’ll outsmart your rat in no time.
Rat Snap Traps
Rat snap traps might be called old fashioned, but only because they’ve been around for years and are the original tried and true method of rat control. The design is timeless because it works. These traps use simple a trigger and snap system resulting in a swift and instant rodent death. A rat snap trap can be used and reused, if you really want to get a bang for your buck.
Electronic Rat Traps
Does the snap trap feel too harsh? Don’t want to see the sight of a trapped, dead rat? An electronic rat trap may be a better solution for you. An electronic rat trap is a small black box that requires no touching and no visual contact with the rat whatsoever. Their powerful high-voltage shock is deadly. Just one electronic rat trap can tackle multiple rats. How can you tell if the box has done its job? The indicator light on the outside can quickly be checked. It will let you know asap if you have caught a rat.
Rat Glue Traps
A sticky solution for your sticky situation! Completely safe and effective, glue rat traps are easy to use. The glue surface stops pests in the act and prevents them from escaping back to their hiding spaces. It also gives you the opportunity to humanely release them back to the wild, if you choose to do so.
Glue traps don’t traditionally need bait. The sticky surface is already pre-baited to attract the rat. They are also cheap and disposable. Try placing the traps along entry points in the floors and walls where you suspect rodent activity.
In addition to traps, there are also rat deterrents. These devices do not kill rats, but they can prevent infestation and even encourage a rat to get out on its own. Some, like the ultrasonic rat deterrent, can be pretty high-tech. The ultrasonic deterrent uses high-frequency sound waves (ones that only rats can hear!) to create sounds of unbearable distress for rats. The deterrent makes your home a severely uncomfortable place for the rat to be. It’s a great non-toxic and family safe method of rat control.
You’ve killed your rat! Now what? The final thing to consider as you tackle the job of killing a rat intruder without poison, is how to dispose of the dead rat carcass. You should never touch, remove, or dispose of a dead animal carcass yourself. Rats and rodents carry harmful diseases that are easily transmitted and can even become airborne. Don’t risk infection by attempting a DIY removal. Contact your local experts at Green Rat Control who have the proper protective gear and equipment to expertly removal and dead animal quickly.
Ready to kill your rat invader? Get the job done right without exposing your family and pets to dangerous poisons and chemicals. You’ll feel secure knowing you chose an effective alternative that keeps everyone safe, and your rat will be eliminated in no time.
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